Why Is My Hair Falling Out?
Hair’s rightful place is on your head, but since you’re reading this, we’re assuming that nowadays you’re seeing it more often in your combs and sinks, and you want to find out what’s wrong. Probably you think you’re losing hair at a faster rate than growing it. Well, on an average, people lose about 50-100 hairs in a day. This is common and unnoticeable as new hair is growing simultaneously. Somehow, men are more prone to hair loss than women. Apart from gender, aging and genetics play a huge role in determining your success at keeping a head full of healthy hair.
While there’s no way to control aging and genetics, you can certainly leverage some simple hair-healthtips to reverse your hair loss, and maintain a steady hair growth rate. Most people ignore following the simple rules of healthy hair, and then either worry endlessly or leave it untreated; but you don’t have to be among them, now that you’ve chanced upon this article.
First, let’s take a brief look at the common causes of hair fall and see if there’s any self-damaging habit that was underlying your hair loss experience.
- Mental stress: Stress negatively affects circulation of blood and oxygen, more so in the scalp area. When the brain detects shortage of oxygen, it directs its supply towards the vital organs such as heart, liver, etc. This reduces the quantity of life-supporting elements that the scalp gets, and ultimately the hair suffers. So do anything, but don’t worry about hair loss, if you want it to stop.
- Physical stress: Our body responds to physical stress just as to mental stress. Over exercising, carrying too much weight, injuries sustained directly on the head, etc, over a period of time, can affect the growth of new hair.
- Constipation: One of the signs that your digestive system is absorbing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, etc. from your food is that you empty your bowels at least once a day, preferably as the first thing in the morning. Passing stools twice in a day is okay too; more than that might be signalling a problem. And not going to the toilet even once in a day is BIG problem. Waste matter stuck inside your intestines prevent absorption of nutrition. Then no matter what supplements you eat, you won’t get the best out of them, or probably nothing at all. So first get your elimination system going. Drink 2 glasses of warm water sip-by-sip when you wake up in the morning. Do a few push-ups, or anything that ‘motivates’ your system to excrete. Biogetica has a range of supplements to support your elimination system. Do anything but don’t ignore constipation; it invites a host of other health problems that can be avoided simply by treating constipation.
- Parasites/worms: These organisms treat your guts as a free-for-all restaurant, and can live inside your guts for years, happily helping themselves to all the food and multivitamins you might be consuming. So first, get them out! Get Biogetica’s anti-parasitic and anti-worm products here.
- Unhealthy diet: We all know that most processed foods lack in fibre, vitamins and aren’t good for our health overall. Hair, being regarded by the brain as only a cosmetic element, gets the last priority, and only if there’s a surplus. So a healthy diet gives a good fighting chance to our hair to pocket some nutrients and shine. But sugar, in particular, has been known to aggravate scalp and hair issues. Unfortunately, a lot of products on the shelves contain sugar in one or the other form. Sugar is the favourite of all parasites and worms, and by consuming sugar-laden foods, you are only making them fatter, happier and extending their stay inside your intestines. So beware of excessive sugar. Work on getting off any sugar addiction and make your guts a hospitable place for multivitamins.
- Hair gels and creams: Excessive use of hair gels and creams affect the hair roots. Many hair gels and creams contain harmful chemicals that may do more harm than help. Even natural or herbal products should be used only after a patch test.
- Hot water for washing hair: Hot water can dry the roots of hair impacting the quality of hair, and is also a reason to lose hair at an early age. Ayurveda does not agree with hot water coming in contact with the head anyway, as many delicate nerves reside inside, and we don’t want to risk their safety. Hair, in a way, is a protection mechanism for the nerves and brain; one more reason to actually take good care of our hair. It is advisable to wash your head with water at room temperature.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes occur during pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid disorders. Hormonal changes can result in permanent or temporary hair loss.If you think your hormones are out of whack, consult a Doctor and take natural supplements to aid hormonal balance. Biogetica’s products strike the root of the cause and help balance the hormones naturally. This might effectively address the hair loss issue too.
- Medications: Hair loss may occur as a severe reaction to certain medications that are taken for cancer, heart problems, high blood pressure, gout, depression, and arthritis. If you are concerned about any underlying health issue, and wish to try a natural approach, feel free to visit Biogetica, which is a leader in developing nature-inspired health products.
- Fancy hairstyles: Hair styles that involve excessive pulling and tightening of the hair weaken the hair roots and result in loss of hair. Try some of the above mentioned tips, and wait for your hair to feel strong and better before you experiment with fancy hair styles again. Till then, keep it simple and don’t take stress!
Stay tuned for the next article in sequence What Can I Do to Stop Hair Loss? for more tips and ‘Oh! I didn’t know THAT’ moments.
Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.